Let’s face it, we all have stress. It can wear us down, leave us in tears, or push us to making unhealthy choices. But, learning how to handle it makes all the difference. When we teach kids these skills the most important thing to do is introduce the topic, explain
There is no doubt that our students love playing games. Some of my favorite sessions are spent playing games with students and intertwining counseling skills, of course! Playing games is a great way to make connections with students. Not only is it fun, but you are building social skills,
Helping a young person become who they want to be takes time and encouragement. It takes paying attention to what sparks a passion. . We listen, we encourage, and we provide the opportunity to uncover each young person’s unique interests.So many counselors tell me that they are a bit intimidated
A few months ago, a couple of my students asked me if I would talk to my administration to see if we would be able to start a GSA–or Gender-Sexuality Alliance also known as Gay-Straight Alliance. They wanted to have a place for students to come together in a safe place
I spend a lot of time teaching students coping strategies. One of the things I want to make sure they learn is how to self regulate their emotions when they are feeling stressed. I want them to know what to do when they are in class and they begin to
Kids love playing games. Cards games are always a hit, and playing cards with students when in a counseling session can be really helpful. First it gives kids a focus other than you looking at them. They are concentrating instead on the cards and the game, and not where your
If you are looking for a way to get students involved, to come together to help a great cause, and help bring your own school community closer, then this might be it! My friend, Kathryn Hoover, from Washtenaw International High School & Middle Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan did a really
Today during Lunch Bunch, I wanted to be able to see if my students remembered the skills we have been working on all year. I made this game as way for them to practice their team building skills, as well as to reinforce all the topics we have covered.